× The Hanging Stars kick off their "On A Golden Shore" tour in a couple of days

The Hanging Stars kick off their "On A Golden Shore" tour in a couple of days


On A Golden Shore arrives with The Hanging Stars reflecting on a year of triumphs. Encompassing an Americana Music Association Bob Harris - sanctioned award and a Nashville sell-out in Third Man’s Blue Room with Jack White approvingly looking on, they’ve consolidated their position as a leading force – and a spur and example to the likes of Bobby Lee and Hollow Hand - in the increasingly diverse, ever more fascinating UK Cosmic Americana cohort. Consequently, and perhaps ironically, the confidence this recognition, and more crucially the concomitant self-recognition, engendered has allowed them to pay less attention to any preconceptions of what they are ‘supposed to be’. On A Golden Shore - their fifth album, and their second for the pioneering Loose Music, following 2022’s Hollow Heart- finds them definitively The Hanging Stars and no one else. 

The Hanging Stars embark on the first leg of their 2024 tour behind the album in a few days, catch them if you can!

19/03: Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre
21/03: Manchester, UK - The Yard
22/03: Glasgow, UK - The Glad Café
23/03: Nottingham, UK - The Angel
27/03: London, UK - Moth Club SOLD OUT
29/03: Southampton, UK - Joiners
31/03: Bristol, UK - The Hen & Chicken
04/04: Hassocks, UK - Mid Sussex Music Hall
11/04: Liverpool, UK - St Michael in the Hamlet Church
12/04: Isle of Wight, UK - Strings Bar & Venue
19/04: Staffordshire, UK - The Foxlowe Arts Centre
26/04: Folkestone, UK - The Chambers 
29/05: Leeds, UK - Hyde Park Book Club
30/05: Chelmsford, UK - Hot Box
01/06: Euston, UK - Red Rooster Festival
15/06: Chateau de Bellocq, FR - Very Good Trip
20/09: Bilbao, ESP - DalecandELA Fest
21/09: Santander, ESP - Little Bobby
22/09: Segovia, ESP - Octavo Arte
25/09: Valencia, ESP - Loco Club
26/09: Zaragoza, ESP - Rock & Blues Café
27/09: Madrid, ESP - Sala Clamores
28/09: Avilés, ESP - Factoría
29/09: Santiago, ESP - Riquela

On A Golden Shore was recorded at Edwyn Collins’ Clashnarrow Studios with Sean Read producing. Singer/guitarist Richard Olson, drummer Paulie Cobra, multi-instrumentalist Patrick Ralla, plus freshman bassist Paul Milne – laid down the album’s backbone over eight days. Mostly recorded live, even the solos done as a piece. Much is first take because trying better, it never worked as well. Pedal-steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte created and added his parts at his London studio bringing ‘shimmery psychedelic goodness’.

Smartly sequenced On A Golden Shore proceeds in clusters of songs; commencing with the free and easy choogle of ‘Let Me Dream Of You’, encompassing the sunny glam of ‘Sweet Light’, the baggy Balearic waft of ‘Happiness Is A Bird’, the pan pipes and bongos of the exotic ‘Golden Shore’, through to the rolling banjo of ‘No Way Spell’ and the celestial cascades of ‘Heart In A Box’. Fashioned instinctively On A Golden Shore is ultimately an album of sensation as much as thought, filled with fleeting moments of blissful excess, and stumbling, rushing flutters of sound; its evanescent psychedelia, divine choruses, and shards of strings combine into an infectious, compelling Cosmic Heartbreak Boogie.

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